Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2014

Tim Atkin MW made the Epilogue Syrah 2014 from Boschkloof in Stellenbosch his Overall Red Wine of the Year with a score of 98 on the 100-point quality scale in his South Africa Special Report 2016 (available for purchase here) and it is indeed a remarkable wine. On the nose, red and black berries, fynbos, […]

September 16, 2016
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Grand Constance 2013

Today the unveiling of a bottle of Grand Constance 1821 by Dr Ernest Messina, chairman of the board of the Groot Constantia Trust, the item recently acquired when  auctioned online by Catawiki for the amount of $1 717 (equivalent to R24 677). It’s set to be the centre-piece at the Cloete Cellar, which is currently […]

September 15, 2016
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Douglas Green Sherry – produced and bottled in Spain

DGB has launched a range of authentic Spanish Sherry range sourced from leading producer Caballero and sold under the Douglas Green label consisting of a Pale Cream, Medium Dry and Cream Sherry, the wines designated No.1, No.2 and No. 3, according to time in barrel and hence colour. All perfectly drinkable, they have a recommended […]

September 15, 2016
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Colmant Brut Chardonnay NV

The official overall winner at this year’s Méthode Cap Classique Challenge sponsored by cork supplier Amorim was the Anura Brut 2011, but to my mind the Colmant Brut Chardonnay which won best Blanc de Blanc was the stand-out wine. From 70% Franschhoek and 30% Robertson fruit, it spent 45 months on the lees (the base […]

September 14, 2016
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2016 Amorim MCC Challenge Results

There were a total of 113 entries in this year’s annual Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge, results as follows: Best Brut, Overall Winner: Anura Brut 2011 Best Rosé: J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé 2010 Best Blanc de Blanc Colmant Brut Chardonnay NV Best Museum Class: J.C. Le Roux Scintilla Vintage Reserve 2008 Frans Malan […]

September 14, 2016
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Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1995

A Colheita is an aged Tawny Port made with grapes from a single vintage and that’s the idea behind the Cape Tawny Reserve 1995 from Boplaas, which is sensational. A blend of 90% Tinta Barocca and 10% Touriga Nacional, it spent 17 years in cask. On the nose, there’s a hint of dried flowers before […]

September 14, 2016
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Lismore Syrah 2015

While the 2014 vintage of Syrah by Samantha O’Keefe under the Lismore label was a truly beautiful wine (see here), the 2015 (WO Cape South Coast and apparently made from 50% Greyton and 50% Elgin fruit) is still striking but less flawless. The nose is very heady – lots of black berries, black pepper, lilies […]

September 14, 2016
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Webersburg 2013

The 2013 vintage of the Bordeaux-style red blend from Helderberg property Webersburg was made by the accomplished Matthew van Heerden – he left Uva Mira to head up the cellar here after marrying the owner’s daughter although now that he is general manager of Grande Provence in Franschhoek, it remains to be seen what kind […]

September 13, 2016
by Christian
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